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HEARTplay currently offers peer-support groups for children, teens, and young adults in Newton, MA and online. All groups require registration and are offered on an on-going basis during the school year. Participants are encouraged but not required to attend regularly and some groups have a co-occurring caregiver support group. All groups are facilitated by experienced mental health counselors and utilize the expressive arts to engage participants in activities to remember and honor their person as well as to develop emotional awareness and coping skills. The most important factor in HEARTplay groups, though, is that participants get to be with other kids who have also experienced a death, which, as many participants have said, helps them to feel less alone. 
Registration is required. If you are new to the HEARTplay program please register here.


Corazón a Corazón

Spanish Speaking Group

All Ages Welcome. Caregiver support available

New program starting soon.

(currently on zoom)


HEARTplay in Person

HEARTplay in Person Groups

Pre-school, elementary, and teen groups offered

Co-occurring caregiver group 10 AM - 12 PM

Meets first Saturday of the month.  Groups 10 AM-12 PM (pre-K - teen, divided by age)

Family Dinner/Grief Workshop offered the third Wednesday of the month 5:30-7 PM. 

Good Shepherd Community Care.

160 Wells Ave. Newton.

HEARTplay Virtual Groups

After-School elementary and teen groups meet alternating Thursdays 4:30-5:30 PM

Down Syndrome group meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 PM

Autism group meets 1st and 3rd Monday 4-5 PM

(currently on zoom)



HEARTplay Young Adult is designed for individuals college aged up to age 30. It is a peer-support bereavement group focused on issues particular to the transitional time of young adulthood including: leaving home after a loss, meeting new people, finding support and outlets for your grief, time management, and the importance of self-care.
College-age group meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month 3:30-4:30PM.
Young Adult group meets 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month 5-6PM

(currently on zoom)

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